Collected by Max Hunter (H-8)
For Mary C. Parler
Transcribed by Frances Majors
Sung by Otis Byrd
August 6, 1958
Reel 2 5 9 , Item 6
Eighteen or Nineteen Years Old
It's I were out walking down by the sea shore;
I met a fair maiden that sure did look grand.
Her locks were diamonds, her hair shown like gold;
She appears to be eighteen or nineteen years old.
Her fingers would twingle like bells on the door;
Her nose upturned not very much more;
But when we were married her wedding gown told
I'd married a young lady just eighteen years old.
She washed from her pale face a box full of paint;
When she took out her false teeth, I thought I would faint.
Out on the carpet her glass eye did roll;
Still appears to be eighteen or nineteen years old.
When she took off her false wig, her bald head did show;
I'd married an old woman just ninety years old.
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